Price paid: $ 240
Purchased from: Guitar And Amp
Sound — 10
The guitar is great for my beginner-style playing. It tunes from standard to drop d and back easily and tends to stay in tune after the initial re-tuning that almost always occurs after you put new strings on. The guitar plays very clear, crisp notes and sounds like a top-notch guitar.
Overall Impression — 10
A great buy for my second guitar. Fender definitely made a top-notch, quality product. I would suggest it to anyone looking to buy a good guitar at a decent price. Even though I wish I had saved my money to get an acoustic electric guitar, the strong and clear sound the resonates from this people of music-making art puts any feeling of regretful purchasing to bed.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I've only had it for 4 months, so it has held up extremely well thus far. I have yet to put it to the test of Live playing, but I think that it would be a viable option as a Live performance. I play on it at least a two if not three hours a day, so in my opinion I think it would be a dependable guitar. The finish is beautiful and has been applied very well. Other then marks that I put on it above the sound hole, opposite of the pick guard, there have been no other blemishes.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar brings to mind the first car I got when I first started driving, as even though I am still learning on it it performs with excellence every time I start. Other than a buzzing that occurred from the 6th string on the 5th fret, which was fixed for free from the place I purchased it from, there have been no other defects.
Features — 9
Made in the USA sometime between 2006 (as it was introduced on January, 2006) and the time I bought it. The body consists of a laminated spruce top, the back and sides are made of laminated mahogany, it is shaped in the dreadnought-style, and is the sunburst-colored model with a polyurethane gloss finish. As for the neck, it has a Sonokeling bridge with a compensated Urea saddle, made of Nato. The fret specifications consist of a 25.3" scale, consisting of 20 frets, with a Sonokeling fretboard (which I can only assume is rosewood, because of it's dark color), the tuners are Die-Cast chrome and are non-locking. Although it apparently comes with a black hard-case, mine did not.